And if the professional rapist is to be separated from the average dominant heterosexual (male), it may be mainly a quantitative difference.— Susan Griffin
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In one sense I feel that my book is a one-woman argument against determinism.
This earth is my sister; I love her daily grace, her silent daring, and how loved I am. How we admire this strength in each other, all that we have lost, all that we have suffered, all that we know: We are stunned by this beauty, and I do not forget: what she is to me, what I am to her.
Philosophy means nothing unless it is connected to birth, death, and the continuance of life. Anytime you are going to build a society that works, you have to begin from nature and the body.
Just as the slave master required the slaves to imitate the image he had of them, so women, who live in a relatively powerless position, politically and economically, feel obliged by a kind of implicit force to live up to culture's image of what is female.
The mind can forget what the body, defined by each breath, subject to the heart beating, does not.
Before a secret is told, one can often feel the weight of it in the atmosphere.
Borrow a child and get on welfare. Borrow a child and stay in the house all day with the child, or go to the public park with the child, and take the child to the welfare office and cry and say your man left you and be humble and wear your dress and your smile, and don't talk back.
We are nature. We are nature seeing nature. The red-winged blackbird flies in us.
I am not so different in my history of abandonment from anyone else after all.
We have all been split away from the earth, each other, ourselves.
In the system of chivalry, men protect women against men.
This is not unlike the protection relationship which [organized crime] established with small businesses in the early part of this century. Indeed, chivalry is an age-old protection racket which depends for its existence on rape.
What is buried in the past of one generation falls to the next to claim.
At the museum a troubled woman destroys a sand painting meticulously created over days by Tibetan monks. The monks are not disturbed. The work is a meditation. They simply begin again.
Although the many virtues that courtesans possessed were employed to defy circumstances, the role they played depended on the same circumstances over which they triumphed- conditions which to, fortunately for modern women, no longer exist.
Self-reflection is a desire felt by the body, as well as the soul.
As dancers, healers, and saints all know, when you turn your attention toward even the simplest physical process - breath, the small movements of the eyes, the turning of a foot in midair - what might have seemed dull matter suddenly awakens.
I know I am made from this earth, as my mother's hands were made from this earth, as her dreams came from this earth and all that I know, I know in this earth, the body of the bird, this pen, this paper, these hands, this tongue speaking, all that I know speaks to me through this earth.
Telling a story of illness, one pulls a thread through a narrow opening flanked on one side by shame and the other by trivia.
What always seems miraculous is when aesthetic necessities yield an insight which otherwise I would have missed.
In my lifetime I have seen democracy begin to expand, not only to include those who have been excluded, but to provide a listening arena, a vocabulary, an intelligent reception for stories that have been buried. Not just stories of the disenfranchised and the marginalized, but marginalized and disenfranchised histories even in the lives of the accepted and the privileged.
It is a grief over the fate of the Earth that contains within it a joyful hope, that we might reclaim this Earth.
Far more frightening than the thought of dying was the experience of erasure already occurring in my life. My fear of becoming someone who did not count.
But still, the other voice, the intuitive, returns, like grass forcing its way through concrete.
Even in the grimmest of circumstances, a shift in perspective can create startling change.
One can find traces of every life in each life.
Waging war is not a primary physical need.
Society, like nature, is one body, really.
I think we actually punish children out of their relationship with their bodies.
.. we categorically separate mind and body and emotion and intellect.
... This is the paradox of vision: Sharp perception softens our existence in the world.
I think artists can go to a level of vision that can often save us from a situation which seems to have no solution whatsoever.
Susan Bordo’s Unbearable Weight is a masterpiece of complex an nuanced thinking not only about a significant problem that faces women but about our culture. A very valuable book.
Language is filled with words for deprivation images so familiar it is hard to crack language open into that other country the country of being.
I love that moment in writing when language falls short.
There is something more there. A larger body. Even by the failure of words I begin to detect its dimensions. As I work the prose, shift the verbs, look for new adjectives, a different rhythm, syntax, something new begins to come to the surface.
Every important social movement reconfigures the world in the imagination.
What was obscure comes forward, lies are revealed, memory shaken, new delineations drawn over the old maps: it is from this new way of seeing the present that hope emerges for the future...Let us begin to imagine the worlds we would like to inhabit, the long lives we will share, and the many futures in our hands.
Every time I deny myself I commit a kind of suicide.
Poetry is a good medium for revolutionary hope.
Yes we are devilish; that is true we cackle. Yes we are dark like the soil and wild like the animals. And we turn to each other and stare into this darkness. We find it beautiful. We find this darkness irresistible. We cease all hiding.
The hard surface of the stone is impervious to nothing in the end.
The heat of the sun leaves evidence of daylight. Each drop of rain changes the form; even the wind and the air itself, invisible to our eyes, etches its presence. … All history is taken in by stones.
Ordinary women attempt to change our bodies to resemble a pornographic ideal.
Ordinary women construct a false self and come to hate this self.
There is always a time to make right what is wrong.
How many small decisions accumulate to form a habit? What a multitude of decisions, made by others, in other times, must shape our lives now.
War starts in the mind, not in the body.
Each life reverberates in every other life.
Whether or not we acknowledge it, we are connected, woven together in our needs and desires, rich and poor, men and women alike.
We keep secrets from ourselves that all along we know.
we are nature. We are nature seeing nature. We are nature with a concept of nature. Nature weeping. Nature speaking of nature to nature.
A story is told as much by silence as by speech.
We are the bird's eggs. Bird's eggs, flowers, butterflies, rabbits, cows, sheep, we are caterpillars; we are leaves of ivy and springs of wildflower. We are women. We rise from the wave. We are gazelle and doe, elephant and whale, lilies and roses and peach, we are air, we are flame, we are oyster and pearl, we are girls. We are woman and nature. And he says he cannot hear us speak. But we hear.
Perhaps every moment of time lived in human consciousness remains in the air around us.
Each time I write, each time the authentic words break through, I am changed.
The older order that I was collapses and dies. I lose control. I do not know exactly what words will appear on the page. I follow language. I follow the sound of the words, and I am surprised and transformed by what I record.